Scottsdale The 2014
108 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian Horse Show by KARA LARSON
Volume 44, No. 10 | 109
THE 59TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE
Arabian Horse Show was warm. Scottsdale warm. For this term, there is more than temperature taken into account. “Scottsdale warm” is not just a number; it’s a feeling. It is about getting out of your home winter weather, polar vortex or otherwise, and into the Arizona desert. It is about the promise of a fresh start to the show season—bringing your best horses out to set up for a great year of Arabian horse shows. It is about experiencing the lifestyle of the Arabian horse world and discovering friendships among wonderful people. The warmth of Scottsdale is found in many places besides the sky and it is something not to be missed. As in years past, the 2014 show certainly set the stage for the dexterity of the Arabian horse. Exemplified through everything from reining to halter and country English pleasure to sport horse, the show came to life. As the sun rose to its highest point day after day, so did the enthusiasm for one of the most beloved Arabian horse shows in the world. And besides the undeniable energy and aptitude of the show, the total prize money available at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show 110 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
amounted to over 1 million dollars this year—a very impressive total. The following pages chronicle the show day-by-day, highlighting major moments, wins, parties, and feedback from those lucky enough to attend the show. So, even if you weren’t able to join us in Scottsdale this year, perhaps this will help to alleviate the pains of this unfortunate fact. That is, until you’re able to saddle up and head down next year, of course.
Thursday, February 13th
___________________________________________________ On this crisp Arizona morning, the Equidome, Wendell, and the reining arena all made the beginning of the 2014 show a reality, representing the ease and strength of the Arabian horse. In this humble start, we are called to consider those responsible for the creation of our own Arabians. One prominent breeder, Marty Shea, talks about her personal highlights from Scottsdale this year. “Besides the awards we were honored to receive at both the Arabian Horse Times Readers’ Choice and APAHA Awards during Scottsdale this year, Afire Bey V and IXL Noble Express offspring did a whole lot of winning at the show. I think between the two of them, there were probably 20 performance championships won, which is amazing to see.” Seeing firsthand how your breeding endeavors shape the show ring must be a great thrill; however, for Marty, the real magic of Scottsdale resides in the promise and positivity of the show. “The Scottsdale show really kicks off the season. You’re in the mindset of it being the first show of the year and you have high hopes in that promise. There’s a great energy and optimism that goes along with that because it’s sunny and bright and everybody is happy. I think it inspires a lot of buying and really sets the tone for the rest of the season.” Marty adds, “I think a lot of horses changed hands at the show this year. I’ve heard great things from different training stables that sold horses and bought new ones, which is always a good sign.” On this opening day, one rider that had an exceptional day in the performance ring was 14-18 rider Allison Cederberg. Allie took home two Scottsdale blues, one on her purebred English horse, MSU Afire Blazon, and one on her Half-Arabian country English pleasure horse, Shock and Awe DSF. On these two momentous wins, Allison shares, “It was really special to win on “Shocky,” because it was a bit of a struggle last year, so taking home the blue was a big accomplishment. As for “Blazon,” it’s always fun because he’s such a blast to ride.” Allie adds, “I’ve had him for four years and he’s kind of been a surprise to everyone because we never thought he’d be able to do this.” Allison Cederberg and Shock And Awe DSF. Volume 44, No. 10 | 111
Friday, February 14th
_________________________________________________ As Scottsdale falls on this holiday of love once again, we are reminded of the love of the Arabian horse and passion it brings into our lives. Contemplating all there is to love about Scottsdale this year, Vicki Humphrey says, “There is not much to compare to the weather after suffering the Atlanta rain and snow and single digit temps all winter. The Scottsdale sun has to win the contest. A very close second was catching up with friends at the Market Street Grill!” Chase Harvill and Cara Mia Mein LOA.
Another trainer that really felt the love of the Scottsdale show through his own great success was Chase Harvill. He shares, “My highlight from Scottsdale this year was how amazing our junior horses worked and showed for us. I was first place and champion in the Half-Arabian Country Pleasure Junior Horse with Cara Mia Mein LOA, owned by Jennifer Junker. I was also first place and reserve champion in the Half-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse with FVF Roses Afire, owned by the Nelson family. We have had an amazing record with our junior horses over the last five years and this year’s Scottsdale continued that tradition.” One last love story starts with Eric and Michelle Loftis, owners of the Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Stallion 7 Years & Older Stallion Champion Skoroneek IA. Trainer Tony Steiner offers, “They’re really incredible owners and great people. So, not only do I get to show an amazing horse, but it’s been a really fun ride with them on board as well. They fell in love with him in Vegas last year and when the opportunity to acquire him came up, they jumped all over it. He’s an incredible horse and it was so special sharing the win with Eric and Michelle because they love the Arabian horse so much.”
Tony Steiner and Skoroneek IA.
112 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Of course there was great thrill in the success of the big win, but Tony’s real surprise came in the response and happiness gained from this stallion. “We had a really overwhelming response to him from everybody—trainers, exhibitors, judges, all of our peers, so for me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime type experiences to get to show him.”
Scottsdale Another important win on this Friday came in the Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Colt class. Leading the champion, Mike Wilson shares, “MD Hubal’s win was big because we stand and have developed his sire, AJ Thee Luca, for his owner Manuel Durini since he was a foal. It gives us a great deal of pride to say Hubal was born at our facility as was his sire! We strive to bring meaning to the term “full service” in management, training, marketing and breeding.” On the show in general, Mike offers, “Scottsdale 2014 was fantastic for Wilson Training Center as we had multiple winners and sold horses, as well as breedings. Way more importantly in the “big picture” though, was the atmosphere and number of new people coming to the show day after day to see the Arabian horse for the first time. Scottsdale is more than just a show; it’s an event that brings in the general public. Right now, this is priority number one in my book, and they can say mission accomplished for Scottsdale 2014, no question.”
Saturday, February 15th
Adam Rickart with Sttardom.
___________________________________________________ On the fourth day of the premier Scottsdale show, momentum picks up in the international classes, all held in the new South Hall. One of Greg Gallún’s highlights from the show came at the lead of the Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Filly Champion, Star of Al Zobair (Ajman Moniscione x S Rhapsody), owned by Al Zobair Stud. “Sheikh Abdullah came to our farm last year and acquired the exceptional 2-year-old filly from us. At the International show, she was the high score of the show and junior champion filly, which encompasses the ages of yearling to three-year-olds. So that was her premier show and she marked, I think, four ‘20s’ in head and multiple ‘20s’ in type—a very promising start.” On the amateur side of things, a special win for handler Adam Rickert came in the Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Stallion AAOTH class. In his first year of showing his stallion Sttardom (Justify x Afire Star) under the training of Andrew Sellman, Adam shares, “Winning Scottsdale with Sttardom was an extremely special moment in my life. And having the people I care most about there to celebrate with me made it that
Greg Gallún and Star of Al Zobair.
much more special.” Adam continues, “In my eyes, a win in Scottsdale is impressive because a great deal of the horses competing have already been national or Scottsdale champions in amateur and/or open competition. It being the case in my class this year, coming out with a championship was amazing.”
Volume 44, No. 10 | 113
Another 2014 success, Midwest trainer Dagmar Gordiano, shares, “Scottsdale is one of my favorite shows. The highlight is always the incredibly high quality of the animals presented. Besides, it is always a reference and a showcase for all breeders in the world! It truly is a place where all the trainers bring the best horses.”
Sunday, February 16th
___________________________________________________ Every year, we relearn in the first few days of the Scottsdale show that there truly is nothing better than a clear sky, a mountain view, and the Arabian horse. With more youth classes, which are just as competitive and notable as the adult amateur classes, one can realize the potential of the future of breed. More members of the Arizona community pour into WestWorld, marketing and sales opportunities present themselves, and of course, horses and people alike bring the show to life. A trainer who boasts one of his best Scottsdale shows ever, Jason Krohn places the praise of this year’s success in his team of amateurs. Jason says, “We had probably the best Scottsdale show we’ve ever had. Personally, I had some really nice wins at the show, and that’s great, of course; but ultimately, it was amateurs that were completely over-the-top good this year. All of them. My hat goes off to them because they did everything we’ve been working on and were successful because of it.” Jason adds, “It was so gratifying to see the horses do what I’ve taught them to do at the amateur’s hands. They were perfect.”
114 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
This day also offered a few more events not to be missed. The first was a presentation at Rivero International, followed by a presentation at Gallún Farms just minutes away. The weather set the stage for a couple of beautiful events, and in the execution, the Arabian horses and respected trainers made for two worthwhile presentations. A great group of stallions of international repute were shown and many breedings and sale horses were sold from each location. At the end of the day, a celebration was held for the younger crowd—the Youth Exhibitor Party, held in South Hall. Bouncy houses, games, pizza, cotton candy, and a live band put a perfect cap on the Scottsdale youth show.
Youth Exhibitor Party.
C. Jarvis Insurance AHT Readers’ Choice Awards.
Monday, February 17th
Tuesday, February 18th
Youth and amateur classes continued in the Equidome, Scottsdale classic halter classes took place in Wendell, and additionally, there were sport horse classes, reining, and driving carriage classes to make this beautiful Monday a worthwhile one.
The Stachowski Farm Open House was one of the major highlights of this day. A stallion presentation and sales offerings that continues to grow in popularity and success year after year, this showcase featured some superb English and hunter horses in a wide range of prices. Also featured were HA Toskcan Sun and Black Daniels, two excellent stallions standing at Stachowski.
Beyond these amazing classes, the main event of this day fell in the evening as a year’s worth of hard work in all facets of the Arabian horse industry is recognized at the Readers’ Choice Awards. Sure, there are other awards for the top trainers and showmen, but what about the marketing side, the photography angle, or hey, how about the hardworking writers? Every person involved in an Arabian horse’s life deserves to be honored, and at the Readers’ Choice Awards, this hope is made reality. This year, the event was sponsored by C. Jarvis Insurance and held once again at the lovely Monterra at WestWorld. Attended by more than 530 people, round tables were surrounded with Arabian horse people looking much cleaner and more presentable than you might see them at a horse show.
On the Scottsdale show in general, trainer Jim Jim Stachowski Stachowski shares, “Each year we look forward to the start of Scottsdale. It’s the first show of the year where our clients and friends meet up to show, look for new horses to purchase, or just have fun! This year, the greatest highlight for me would be looking up into the stands, whether it be the Equidome, Wendell or the reining ring, and seeing the seats full of people. Nothing brings more electricity and excitement to a show than people cheering in the stands.”
Volume 44, No. 10 | 115
Scottsdale Signature Auction.
Wednesday, February 19th
___________________________________________________ With classic fillies in the morning and colts in the afternoon, performance throughout the day, and reining to cap it off, the 2014 show edged in on its final days. Big wins were surfacing and anticipation for some serious events permeated the air. The major event that marks this momentous day was the Scottsdale Signature Auction. Raising over $440,000 this year, over 160 stallion breedings were up for auction and many left with an exceptional breeding opportunity at bay. As the new South Hall filled with great food, tables of prospective breeders, and the excitement of a major auction, this one-of-a-kind evening certainly did not disappoint. With breedings to WH Justice, Vitorio TO, Ever After NA, Enzo, Beijing BHF, and Aria Impresario leading the pack for most lucrative auctions of the night, the chance to breed a superstar is a wonderful possibility.
Friesians, and a limited number of embryos. Jim and Sally Bedeker’s event wowed all in attendance and made for an unforgettable “Evening in Tuscany” as promised. On the event, Jim and Sally offer, “To facilitate the sale, we constructed an innovative new indoor arena. The 100 ft. stage in the center ensured that there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Ultimately, we would love to do an auction of this caliber every year. In the future, we hope to invite other breeders with exceptional yearlings to join in on our sale.” Just a short drive from Gemini Equine Acres, you might have found yourself at another major event of the evening held at Arabians International. As an impressive group of stallions were showcased, sharing the Arabian horse with friends proved to be a special experience at the beautiful and quaint farm that lit up the desert darkness.
Thursday, February 20th
___________________________________________________ Competition and stamina of our show horses continued to impress with Arabian and Half-Arabian jumpers working all day in Arena 6, showing the athleticism of our horse in a new light. Also, in an exhibition of the Arabian horse lifestyle, this cool evening starred a Gemini Acres Production Sale attended by Arabian horse breeders, owners, and friends from all around the world. The impressive auction and presentation featured nearly 30 lots of quality auction horses that sold for noteworthy prices. The lots included Arabians, most of which were sired by Da Vinci FM and JJ Bellagio, Half-Arabians, 116 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Gemini Acres Production Sale.
Friday, February 21st
___________________________________________________ With the Scottsdale show beginning to wind down into its final days, so began the barn presentations at WestWorld. Shada shared their prized stallions and babies a moment in the public eye, with food and shared love for the Arabian horse marking the low-key showing. One of the main stallions of the presentation was Skyehawkk (Magnum Psyche x Alada Khlasse VS). Also up for attending on this day, as they were most days of the show were some uniquely educational and interesting activities Scottsdale provided such as “Horse Basics” by Phillip Kast; “Behind the Scenes Barn Tours,” a talk on Mounted Patrol by the Scottsdale Police Department, and the free Family Night. Reflecting on her favorite moments from center ring, 2014 judge Corky Sutton shares, “In the performance division, my highlight was the junior Arabian hunter class. They were just incredible—there really weren’t enough ribbons to give out. It was good to see in our breed. Our hunters have come so far and our trainers have become so good working them, that it was really fun to judge it.” One other aspect of the show played a major role in her enjoyment of the show—the Scottsdale sun. Corky adds, “Spending ten days in the sun after the winter we’ve had was a huge highlight!”
Jeff Shada and Skyehawkk.
Saturday, February 22nd
___________________________________________________ On this last Saturday of the Scottsdale show, the beaming sun brought a massive crowd to WestWorld. As adoring kids anxiously lined up to “meet an Arabian horse,” others were already inside the newly added South Hall, painting ceramic horses and sitting atop trusty Arabian horses. If one continued around the grounds, showings and parties marked several stalls. At Lowe Show Horse Centre, a celebration for the great Mamage boasted his 25th birthday—a party joined by a live guitar player and many fans. McDonald Arabians, O’Neill Arabians, Krichke Training Center, Stachowski Farms, and Heathcott Arabians also opened their on-site farms to the public eye, showing off their stallions and bringing new people in with complimentary eats and new conversation. As the final day of performance classes wore on, the balmy desert night began to set in, calling for one final Arizona sunset to be reveled in and for all to look forward to the final evening in the Equidome. However, just as in the days of old, if you didn’t arrive early or have already Volume 44, No. 10 | 117
reserved seating, your chance options might be limited. Regardless of location, the show proved to be a superb one. With nearly every seat filled, the Arabian horses and trainers stepped up to the plate, bringing some of the best performances of the show center stage—for all to see. First up was Jason Krohn taking home the Half-Arabian country pleasure driving championship with Hello Moto (Clout x Ambitions Afire). On the class, Jason shares, “For me, this was one of the best classes of the horse show. It was a big class and it was a tough class. And I think that translated into the larger picture that was the whole horse show. The classes were consistently deep and competitive.” Josh Quintus and Onyx A.
O’Neill Arabians Presentation.
118 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
In the Arabian western pleasure championship, four members of the elite top ten were sired by Sundance Kid V—a truly rare ratio and a tribute to the stallion. On top of this unique fact, there were numerous former national and Scottsdale champions in the running for top honors as well, making this class one of the most exciting and deep of the show. Leading the pack amongst this talented group was Onyx A (Sundance Kid V x Aliage SSA) ridden by Josh Quintus for owner Anne Whitaker. A crowd favorite and unique Scottsdale class, the Liberty, exemplifies the essence of the Arabian breed at a very
Scottsdale fundamental level—with the horses prancing and tricking their human companions into running as much as they do, the crowd is entranced by their beauty and reminded of the intrinsic and undeniable spirit of the Arabian horse. The final class of the evening brought forward HalfArabian English horses worthy of greatness. Riding Lady Ava Isabela, Jonathan Ramsay, who also won the Arabian English pleasure on GSF Exclusive, took home another championship for owner Helen Lacey Reed. He shares, “They were very good classes, competition-wise, and the horses performed well, so I couldn’t be happier. I think that because Lady Ava is a Stachowski Farmbred horse, that’s something special on its own. She’s just a great mare. She’s won it before, and then to do it again—I think it speaks volumes for her talent. As for the purebred, Exclusive, she’s just coming off of her junior horse year, so it’s a big win for her in the open as well.” According to Jon, owner Helen Lacey Reed calls her show string, the “mega mares,” and in winning the two open English championships, it is safe to say they have earned this title. Another massive part of the Scottsdale charm happens in a different arena altogether. Running simultaneously to all of the Equidome excitement were the Scottsdale Reining Futurities, where $150,000 in prize money was up for grabs for Arabians and Half-Arabians. Olympic gold medalist Andrea Fappani won the purebred Futurity and got second in the Half-Arabian, which was won by Crystal McNutt. In charge of keeping the reining arena running smoothly, Phyllis LaMalfa has a big job. But at Scottsdale, reining is king, so the juice is worth the squeeze. Phyllis says, “The highlight of the show for me this year was the Purebred and Half-Arabian Futurity finals. Both were extremely exciting with some really tough horses. It was fantastic to watch.” All arenas were filled to the brim with members of the outside community and with members of our own Arabian horse community. Phyllis offers, “I love having the stands full and people everywhere. That’s when I think we have done our job well when you can look around and see everyone so excited and involved with those showing. And I think winning at Scottsdale means a lot. Scottsdale is a showcase show and you are going against the best horses out there. If you win at Scottsdale, you have really won something to be proud of.”
Jason Krohn and Hello Moto.
Jonathan Ramsay and Lady Ava Isabela.
World Champion Reiner Andrea Fappani at Seminar sponsored by Markel Insurance.
Volume 44, No. 10 | 119
Sunday, February 23rd
___________________________________________________ The final day brings forth a bittersweet ending to a beloved show. A show full of friendships formed, memories made, and champions born, the last day only solidifies all that has taken place throughout the show. Judge John Ryan offers the highest praise for a couple of his top classes on this final day, “Scottsdale as usual was a fantastic show to judge and there were several high points for me. The senior stallion championship was an amazing group of horses and is a class that will stay with me for a very long time. There were several top stallions and many of them will certainly contribute to the breed
as sires. We also had a unanimous winner in this class, and he was most definitely deserving of the win. The junior colt championship was also a fantastic class. Once again, we had a great group of colts who will be fun to watch as they mature.” The senior stallion championship class to which John is referring brings to the surface another excellent and unique event of two big wins from the show. These prestigious wins go to Bassam Al Saqran and his unprecedented horses Baahir El Marwan (Marwan al Shaqab x HB Bessolea) and senior mare Luxemere Jizette (KM Bugatti x TA Jihana Bey) taking two championships back to his farms in Kuwait and Dubai. On these wins, Mr. Bassam shares, “It’s like a dream come true. We worked hard to reach that level and to be part of the lovely Arabian horses. I wasn’t surprised about either of them becoming the champion, but there were some other very nice horses in the classes. They were both very special wins!”
Baahir El Marwan, David Boggs and Bassam Al Saqran.
120 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Trainer of supreme champion stallion Baahir El Marwan, David Boggs of Midwest Training Centre, was honored and thrilled with this amazing accomplishment. He shares, “The entire show was a grand success. I understand there were record crowds on Saturday and Sunday and record
Scottsdale In Summation
numbers of horses attending. Of course, the highlight for Midwest was Baahir El Marwan winning the supreme champion halter horse championship.” The other favorite, the junior colt championship, saw a colt by the name of Conquest BR (Versace x Lee Anna Psy) and handled by Greg Gallún crowned champion. A July colt that won his yearling class unanimously and then went on to be junior champion colt by another unanimous decision, was undoubtedly a big moment for Greg and the owners of Conquest BR . Owned by Neil Braverman and Jeff Sloan, Conquest BR Partners, Inc., Greg was introduced to the colt last October after Neil and Jeff acquired him. Greg shares, “The most gratifying thing is that the people whose opinion I respect have all been very supportive of this colt. I actually had one gentleman, a longtime Arabian horse judge, who had formerly judged Ali Jamaal, DA Valentino, and Magnum Psyche, approach me about him. He said that these stallions are all amazing horses, of course, but this one is as good, and maybe better. And he didn’t have to say that. It was genuinely what he felt; Conquest has that potential. Everyone that has seen him has been really enamored, and obviously the judges were as well.”
With another extraordinary Scottsdale in the realm of the past, Executive Director Taryl O’Shea of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona shares, “Scottsdale 2014 was, in my opinion, the best Arabian horse show on record. We had over 2,200 horses, over 300 commercial vendors, and more corporate and patron sponsors than we have ever had. With the behind-thescenes barn tours, the opportunity for the public to meet a horse and paint a pony, and many other events, Scottsdale was truly an incredible event—not only for the horse people, but for the spectators that come from around the world as well. The new facility at WestWorld really helped with the new look and feel of a world-class event. Watch out 2015!” A breed built on an elaborate history, every great Arabian horse story begins with breeding, and so, we too end this one with the leading sires of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. For Purebred Halter, Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab x Little Liza Fame) led the way, for Purebred Performance, it was Afire Bey V (Huckleberry Bey x Autumn Fire), and in the combined Purebred Halter and Performance, Afire Bey V again reigned supreme. In the Half-Arabian Halter division, DA Valentino (Versace x DA Love) commanded the top of the list, and in the Half-Arabian Performance, Baske Afire (Afire Bey V x Mac Baske) was the leader. And like his sire, Baske Afire came out atop with HalfArabian Halter and Performance winners. ■
With winners lined up in Wendell, the arena flooded with spectators awaiting the results of these high-stake classes. The most beautiful and perfectly conformed Arabian horses in the world took over the arena, illustrating the magic of showing at Scottsdale, and lastly, adorning the entire show with greatness and prestige in its final breaths. The APAHA Horsemen’s Awards offered the true final gathering to the show, capped with the celebration of success, talent, and the chance to enjoy one last evening with the Arabian horse community.
Josh Quintus at the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards.
Volume 44, No. 10 | 121
2014 Scottsdale Arabian Champions
Scottsdale Arabian Supreme Classic Champion BAAHIR EL MARWAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea), shown by David Boggs for owner Bassam Al Saqran.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Stallion Champion BAAHIR EL MARWAN (Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea), shown by David Boggs for owner Bassam Al Saqran.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Stallion Reserve Champion POLIDORO FC (DA Valentino x Abha Palma), shown by Michael Byatt for owner Stuart Larsen.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Senior Stallion Champion EDISSON (Enzo x Monica PGA), shown by Tony Steiner for owner Stricklin Stone International, Inc.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Senior Stallion Reserve Champion SPITFYRE VF (TF Psymreekhe x Red Flame BRSB), shown by Andrew Sellman for owner Mike Steenhart.
122 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Colt Champion CONQUEST BR (Versace x Lee Anna PSY), shown by Gregory GallĂşn for owner Conquest BR Partners, Inc.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Colt Reserve Champion SOUL OF MARWAN AS (Marwan Al Shaqab x RD Challs Angel), shown by Sandro Pinha for owner Arabian Soul Partners Ltd.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Colt Champion MD HABAL (AJ Thee Luca x Anastasiaa), shown by Michael Wilson for owner Manuel Durini.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Colt Reserve Champion GHAZWAN ALJASSIMYA (Marwan Al Shaqab x Athina El Jamaal), shown by Giacomo Capacci for owner Al Jassimya Farm.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Stallion AAOTH Champion STTARDOM (Justify x Afire Star), shown by owner Adam Rickart.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Colt AAOTH Champion CESARI PA (Masquerade PA x Fadila POF), shown by Dean Wikel, owner of Pegasus Arabians. Volume 44, No. 10 | 123
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Mare Champion LUXEMERE JIZETTE (KM Bugatti x TA Jilana Bey), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner Bassam Al Saqran.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Mare Reserve Champion RH TRIANA (ROL Intencyty x Sylviah WLF), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Freeland Farm LLC.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Senior Mare Champion IMPRESSA MI (Aria Impresario x Mulawa Alexa), shown by Andrew Sellman for owner Joanne Gunabalan.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Senior Mare Reserve Champion HB DOMINIQUE EL DAKAR (Dakar El Jamaal x Padrons Afterglow), shown by David Botha for owner Tangle Ridge Farms.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Filly Champion ZENNYATTA (Victorious LD x Love Chimes LD), shown by David Boggs for owner Zennyatta Partners.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Filly Reserve Champion PITONISA AS (Ever After NA x Psyches Amber Dream), shown by Sandro Pinha for owner Arabian Soul Partners Ltd.
124 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Filly Champion STAR OF AL ZOBAIR (Ajman Moniscione x S Rhapsody), shown by Gregory GallĂşn for owner Sheikh Abdullah Mohammed Bin Al Thani.
Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Filly Reserve Champion ELLE FLAMENCA (Ajman Moniscione x Allamara MA), Joao Rodriguez for owner Jeff Collins.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Mare AAOTH Champion LUXEMERE JIZETTE (KM Bugatti x TA Jilana Bey), shown by Anthony Marino Jr.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Filly AAOTH Champion MC VITORIA (Vitorio TO x Angelinaa JD), shown by owner Ross McDonald.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Filly/Mare JTH Champion JOI EL JIULIUSZ (Jiuliusz De Wiec x Enjoi E), shown by Tyler Shooshani for owner Cavallino Arabians.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Senior Gelding Champion NW SIENSATIONAL (Afire Bey V x NW Siena Psyche), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Mark Davis. Volume 44, No. 10 | 125
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Junior Gelding Champion OCTAVIUS NA (Ever After NA x Psylk Obsession), shown by Rodolfo Guzzo for owner Mike Bills.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Gelding 3 Years & Under JTH 1st Place MONTREAU MP (Eden C x DVF Norma Jean), shown by Kendyl Peters for owner Mindy Peters.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Gelding AAOTH Champion JUSTTINIAN (Justify x Shahmaica Bey), shown by Steven Freeman for owner Karen Freeman.
Scottsdale Arabian Classic Gelding JTH Champion ALLESIO (Besson Carol x MFA Annies Song), shown by owner Katherine Bartlett.
Platinum Performance $5000 Arabian Liberty Champion MI GRAND VALENTINO (DA Valentino x GA Mi Grandlady), shown by Austin Boggs for owner Midwest Station II, Inc.
SSS Championship Classic 4 & Over Arabian Stallion/ Gelding ATH Champion MONTICETO LN (Justify x JD Allove Story), shown by Jason Tackett for owner Cynthia Burkman.
126 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
SSS Championship Classic 4 & Over Arabian Mare ATH Champion KHARISMA M (DA Valentino x Kharmel BR), shown by owner Anthony Marino Jr.
SSS Classic Three Year Old Arabian Stallion ATH Champion MISSION WR (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x ATA Psyches Psong), shown by Jason Tackett for owner Valerie Sylla.
SSS Classic Three Year Old Arabian Filly ATH Champion VERAZES SWEETSERANADE (SF Veraz x Sohos Honey Serenade), shown by Jocelyn Hazlewood for owner Sycamore Farm LLC.
SSS Classic Three Year Old Arabian Gelding ATH Champion AMELIO LBA (DA Valentino x Amelia B), shown by Amanda Fraser for owner J. D. Smith.
SSS Classic Two Year Old Arabian Colt ATH Champion OLYMPUS CW (Magnum Psyche x Dyna HCF), shown by Mike Bills for owner Janice McCrea Wight.
SSS Classic Two Year Old Arabian Filly ATH Champion CHANTILLY LACE ORA (Vitorio TO x Raherra), shown by Don Morse for owner Oak Ridge Arabians. Volume 44, No. 10 | 127
SSS Classic Two Year Old Arabian Gelding ATH Champion VALLDEZ (Valerio x AW Fortune Ngold), shown by Mike Beethe for owner Steve Miles.
SSS Yearling Arabian Colt/GeldingATH Champion SIR POGROM APA (Pogrom x Angellinah WLF), shown by Jason Tackett for owner Cordell Overgaard.
SSS Yearling Arabian Filly ATH Champion JUMAANA QF (Rohara Extrem Justice x Forbidden Love LL), shown by Elise Peacemaker for owners Rita and Stillman Buzzle.
SSS Auction Yearling Arabian Colt/Gelding AOTH Champion ROYAL MAESTRO (Pershahn El Jamaal x Aria Marchestra), shown by Amanda Fraser for owner Mark Davis.
SSS Auction Yearling Arabian Filly AOTH Champion RAH TOPAZ (Rahere x Magnums Caress), shown by Dr. Justin William Wight for owner Janice McCrea Wight.
SSS Arabian English Pleasure Maturity (Horses 5 Years Old) ATR Champion MUST BE LUV (IXL Noble Express x Musamerica), ridden by owner Michelle Oliver.
128 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
SSS Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse Futurity (Horses 3 & 4 Years Old) Champion AFIRE N FLAMES CB (Baske Afire x Ghreta), ridden by Cynthia Burkman for owner Highland Pride Arabians, Inc.
SSS Arabian Western Pleasure Maturity (Horses 5 Years Old) ATR Champion MANHATTAN CF (WH York x Psyches Kontessa), ridden by Audrey Hart for owner Susanne Mackrell.
SSS Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity (Horses 3 & 4 Years Old) Champion RD HABANERO (Bey Ambition x NW Siena Psyche), ridden by LaRae Fletcher Powell for owner Barrie Padgham.
SSS Arabian Hunter Pleasure Maturity (Horses 5 Years of Age) Champion KAYCEE OF JEWYLLS LAS (Showkayce x Knight Jewyll LAS), ridden by Ashley Reimer for owner Valerie Sylla.
SSS Arabian Hunter Pleasure Futurity (Horses 3 & 4 years of Age) Champion HS EDENS ECLIPSE (Eden C x Kouray), ridden by Tamera Bowles for owner Gordon Walter.
Volume 44, No. 10 | 129
Open Houses & Parties
130 130 ||AARRAABI BIAANN HOR HORSE SE TTIIMES MES
Scottsdale coverage continued on page 140 Volume Volume44, 44,No. No.10 10 || 131 131
Scottsdale coverage continued from page 131
Arabian Western Pleasure Champion ONYX A (Sundance Kid V x Aliage SSA), ridden by Josh Quintus for owner Anne Whitaker.
Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion KM PALERMO (KM Bugatti x Palomara), ridden by JT Keller for owner Karen Caughell.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over Champion KRISTIAN DIOR (Versace x Kristianna), ridden by Dennis Clark for owner Linda Clark.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 Champion MOSSIMO PGA (Versace x National Enfanta), ridden by owner Deanna Morrison.
Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 Champion SUNSTORMM (Sundance Kid V x Ice Storm TC), ridden by Audrey Hart for owner Vallejo III, Inc.
Arabian Western Pleasure AATR 40 & Over Champion KORNWALL (Monogramm x Kawalkada), ridden by owner Susan Copeland.
140 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian Western Pleasure AATR 19-39 Champion EE XTREME HEAT (Desert Heat VF x EE Minuet), ridden by owner Laura Smith.
Arabian Western Pleasure Select Rider AATR Champion FERRAGAMO WP (Versace x Maiden Amerika), ridden by Janie Bowler for owner On Fire Arabians.
Arabian Western Pleasure JOTR 15-18 Champion GARTH MH (Khadraj NA x Dancing Gdynia), ridden by owner Amara Spizzirri.
Arabian Western Pleasure JOTR 14 & Under Champion JOGEES DAVINE WIND (Da Vinci FM x Jogees Windstar), ridden by Melissa Gilbert for owner Mary Margaret Gilbert.
Arabian Western Pleasure JTR 15-18 Champion CJ PSYNCINATI KID (Padrons Psyche x Peaches n Fame), ridden by Anna Redmond for owner Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc.
Arabian Western Pleasure JTR 14 & Under Champion MOSAIC BFA (ML Mostly Padron x La Femmefatale DF), ridden by Jenna Curley for owner Sheila Curley. Volume 44, No. 10 | 141
Arabian Western Pleasure Walk/Trot 10 & Under Champion EXXPECTATION (BJD Excalibur x CHF Highlight), ridden by Halle Potts for owner Gordon Potts.
Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Western Champion TA PRELUDE (Kordelas x Promocja), ridden by Cynthia Burkman for owner Highland Pride Arabians, Inc.
Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Western AATR Champion TSAMURAI MAC (Maclintock V x Rohara Ronatta), ridden by Hillary Boothe for owner Sarah Boothe.
Arabian Ladies Side Saddle JTR Champion GARTH MH (Khadraj NA x Dancing Gdynia), ridden by owner Amara Spizzirri.
Arabian English Pleasure Champion GSF EXCLUSIVE (Afires Heir x Noble Empress), ridden by Jonathan Ramsay for owner Helen Lacey Reed.
Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion NIGHT FLIGHT SA (Afire Bey V x Helen Hayes X), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner Starline Arabians LLC.
142 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Champion GOTTA WEAR SHADES (Apollopalooza x Matariaelle Girl), ridden by Susan Dreshler-Mulzet, owner of Dremel Enterprises, Inc.
Arabian English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Champion NOBLE APHRODITIE (IXL Noble Express x EA Aphroditie), ridden by Julia Turner for owner St. Martin Arabians Ltd.
Arabian English Pleasure AATR Champion ESSENCE OF DESTINY (TC Miyake x Fire Essence), ridden by owner Lester Martin.
Arabian English Pleasure JOTR 18 & Under Champion MONTERO SF (Sir Fames HBV x Mistic Dream), ridden by Mckenna Ray for owner Brenda LaVette.
Arabian English Pleasure JTR 18 & Under Champion MSU AFIRE BLAZON (Afire Bey V x Aieda), ridden by Allison Louise Cederberg for owner Dru Allison Cederberg.
Arabian Country English Pleasure Champion CSP HENNESSY (DS Mick Jagger x MHR Martinna), ridden by Jason Krohn for owner Brian Galbraith.
Scottsdale coverage continued on page 148
Volume 44, No. 10 | 143
Scottsdale coverage continued from page 143
Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion SA GISELE (IXL Noble Express x Rumina Afire), ridden by Joel Kiesner for owner Starline Arabians LLC.
Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over Champion THYME OF MY LIFE (Pryme Thyme x Chance To Dazzle), ridden by Martha McCollough, owner of Oak Haven South Arabians LLC.
Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 Champion CSP HENNESSY (DS Mick Jagger x MHR Martinna), ridden by owner Brian Galbraith.
Arabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 Champion HEIRIBELLA (Afires Heir x Expressly Bella), ridden by Mallory Mahan for owner Karen Mahan.
Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 40 & Over Champion TEMPTAFIRE (A Temptation x Cinnamon Afire), ridden by owner Mike Beethe.
Arabian Country English Pleasure AATR 19-39 Champion BONFIRE ROF (Baske Afire x Sing For Joy), ridden by Anna Raybourn for owner Lee Ann Flynn.
148 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian Country English Pleasure Select Rider AATR Champion FIRE CHARMM (Baske Afire x Charmming Adona), ridden by Valerie Vernon for owner Mia Peterson.
Arabian Country English Pleasure JOTR 15-18 Champion SA KAPPUCCINO (Bucharest V x SS Wildflower), ridden by Bailey Wikel for owner Pegasus Arabians.
Arabian Country English Pleasure JOTR 14 & Under Champion PARTY ON WF (Baske Afire x Aparty Girl), ridden by owner Liza Lathrum.
Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR 15-18 Champion SA KAPPUCCINO (Bucharest V x SS Wildflower), ridden by Bailey Wikel for owner Pegasus Arabians.
Arabian Country English Pleasure JTR 14 & Under Champion DOUBLE OH SEVENN (Hucklebey Berry x Mahoganyy), ridden by owner Alexa Tiziani.
Arabian Park Horse Champion BOMBARDIER EXPRESS VA (IXL Noble Express x Balquelotta V), ridden by Brandon Flood for owner Mayree Nolan.
Scottsdale coverage continued on page 154
Volume 44, No. 10 | 149
Scottsdale coverage continued from page 149
Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.
Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English AATR Champion O LORDY (The Firelord x Hi Passion), ridden by owner Laura Wolsey.
Arabian Ladies Side Saddle English JTR 18 & Under Champion GR KHALEIDOSCOPE (TF Khoumotion x Satin Fire), ridden by Holland Stevens for owner Remington Monroe Equine LLC.
Arabian Pleasure Driving Champion BLACK DANIELS (IXL Noble Express x Victoria Bay), driven by James Stachowski for owner Bryan Grossman.
Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Champion CP TRIPLE SPEC (SF Specs Shocwave x Beaujaleis), driven by Silvio Domingues da Silva for owner Shamrock Farms LLC.
Arabian Country Pleasure Driving AOTD Champion PROFICIENT FIRE (Baske Afire x Pro Mahogany Lady), driven by owner Irwin Schimmel.
154 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Champion DA SOVEREIGN (Sundance Kid V x DA Faith), ridden by Elizabeth Bentley, owner of II B Farms.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Champion ARIYA ENCORE (Aria Impresario x Airiya), ridden by Cynthia Burkman for owner The Russell Family Trust/Katie Russell.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over Champion RA SAINT PATRICK (Odyssey SC x NL Scandal Nashana), ridden by owner Mildred Chipman.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 Champion ROL O WHATA NIGHT (Out of Cyte x ROL Angel Eyes), ridden by owner Simone Frei.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 Champion FIDENZIO (Enzo x WN Infinity), ridden by owner Jennifer Lavallee.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 40 & Over Champion CYLENT LIGHTNING CCA (Cytosk x Bakkaratta), ridden by Candace Berry for owner David Morrison. Volume 44, No. 10 | 155
Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 19-39 Champion CP MARQUIS (Baske Afire x CP Princess), ridden by Andrew Smith for owner North by Northwest LLC.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Select Rider AATR Champion JUSTTINIAN (Justify x Shahmaica Bey), ridden by Kimberly Beethe for owner Karen Freeman.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure JOTR 15-18 Champion JOURNEY X (Odessey SC x Marissa Bey), ridden by owner Kaylee Markonich.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure JOTR 14 & Under Champion MALIEKA (Palissandre x Andraja), ridden by owner Hannah Feldman.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 15-18 Champion A TIME TO DANCE (Apollopalooza x Dancing Rain X), ridden by owner Erica Mark.
Arabian Hunter Pleasure JTR 14 & Under Champion ROL CYLENT ALARM (Cytosk x Matoska), ridden by owner Mackenzie Rivers.
156 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Walk/Trot 10 & Under Champion JERIKO MP (Jake Jamaal JCA x BST Auburn), ridden by Julisa Gomez for owner Mesoam LLC.
Arabian English Show Hack Champion AFIRES GUNS NROSES (Afire Bey V x HL Glitter Ngold), ridden by Cynthia Burkman for owners John & Karen Sparks Revocable Trust.
Arabian English Show Hack AATR Champion FIRST KNIGHT (MHR Nobility x Oh Bey B), ridden by owner Jill Bromley.
Arabian English Show Hack JTR 18 & Under Champion SA KAPPUCCINO (Bucharest V x SS Wildflower), ridden by Bailey Wikel for owner Pegasus Arabians.
Arabian Hunter Hack Champion AL-MARAH JESSICA (Bremervale Andronicus x Reem Al Fala), ridden by Kristin Hardin for owner Al-Marah Arabians LLC.
Arabian Hunter Hack ATR Champion ST SHAAMROCK (Khadraj NA x Al-Rooh Taghreed), ridden by Dakoda Mower for owners Fred & Jean Filleti Family Trust.
Volume 44, No. 10 | 157
Arabian Mounted Native Costume Champion TURN IT UP (Baske Afire x Morgan Le Fay), ridden by Julie Daniel-Adams for owner Ashley Abraham.
Arabian Mounted Native Costume AATR Champion FS HEAR THE APLOZ (IXL Aroundofaploz x Heavenlei), ridden by Brittani Wingert for owner Lynnette Wingert.
Arabian Mounted Native Costume JTR 18 & Under Champion MONTERO SF (Sir Fames HBV x Mistic Dream), ridden by Mckenna Ray for owner Brenda LaVette.
Arabian Jumper Stake 3ft 3in - 3ft 6in Champion AM ZIPY SHARP SHOOTER (AM Power Raid x AM Zippy Handsom), ridden by Kristin Hardin for owner Mark Miller.
“Our favorite part of the show is seeing friends we have already made and making new ones. Shows come and go. Wins are fleeting and hard to come by, but it is our friends and our horses that we love the most, at Scottsdale or any show.” Arabian Jumper 3ft - 3ft 3in - ATR Stake Champion EYE KANN (Kann Tiki x Blue Eye), ridden by Alexus Willson for owner Priscilla Powell. 158 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Scottsdale coverage continued on page 160
Scottsdale’s Arabian & Half-Arabian Futurity Reining Classic Brings Money, Riders And Praise by SUE ADAMS
Champion Arabian Reining Futurity All Maxed Out RA and Andrea Fappani for owner Cotton McNutt.
The Arabian Reining Horse Association’s (ARHA) 2014 Scottsdale Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity Reining Classic celebrated a tenth anniversary by attracting two of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) top money riders. Their interest in competing in the Futurity Classic is simply further evidence of the word most often used to describe the show this year: “Better.” Better purebreds, better Half-Arabians, better trainers, better riders, better facilities.
Better Focus On Young Riders With Short Stirrup Classes
“Better” starts with getting young people interested in Arabian reining through the introduction of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Short Stirrup classes. Frank Costantini, a past president of NRHA and NRHF, credits ARHA for working with NRHA to offer these classes. “This event speaks well to the biggest
160 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Champion Half-Arabian Reining Futurity Were Dun Johnny with Crystal McNutt for the Friedman family.
challenge facing the equine industry today, that of getting young people involved. This really shows what reining has to offer.” Scottsdale trainer Jessica Bein of Bein Performance Horses, agrees. “This is a great way for kids to learn to be comfortable showing and be safe at the cantor because they are in the ring by themselves to ride the reining pattern,” she explains. “I had three students riding and they were thrilled. These classes are a good boost toward getting kids interested in our sport.”
“Better” Spans Beyond The Wells Fargo Advisors Arena
From the perspective of Joe Betten, who together with Tom Redmond and Dick Ames, is regarded as one of the “Three Founding Fathers” of the Futurity, speaks with pride, “The quality of the horses showing this year reflects
Scottsdale nearly a complete change over this decade. If you lined up the horses from that first event with the competitors here now, we’ve got a completely different horse. When we started, we hoped to attract some top Quarter Horse people—and this year, they’re here!” Betten was referring specifically to two multi-champion trainers, Andrea Fappani and Craig Schmersal. Italian born Fappani was the youngest NRHA Million Dollar Rider and a Three Million Dollar Rider. He and his wife operate Fappani Performance Horses in Scottsdale. Schmersal, of Schmersal Reining Horses in Overbrook, Okla., is one of the youngest trainers on the NRHA’s top ten list, and the third Two Million Dollar rider. He travels between their farm and the family’s home in Scottsdale where they relocated for their second of three sons to attend prep school. Also present was Terry Thompson of Aubry, Tex., one of the five-judge panel for the show, judged the ARHA Futurity Reining Classic four years. A NHRA judge for some 40 years, he holds eight judging cards, including FEI and Quarter Horse. His impressions of the tenth anniversary show speak through the eyes of a seasoned professional. “Arabian people now have a better understanding of what makes a good reining horse, which in turn culls the competition but produces a higher level event,” he explains. Kyle Tack of Whitesboro, Tex. brought their mobile tack shop to the ARHA Futurity Reining Classic eight years ago. The shop location has a great view of Wells Fargo Advisors Arena action and Marshall Kyle knows reining. “This is always a good show, but it is only getting better and better. The quality of horses and tremendous showmanship is impressive. Scores this year are close to NHRA average scores, not only in the Half-Arabian classes but in purebred Arabians too,” says Kyle. ARHA president Eleanor Hamilton of Eleanor’s Arabian Farm in Rogers, Minn., is pleased by the quality of the entries in the tenth anniversary show. “Our breeders have made huge strides in the past ten years,” she explains. “The improvement in our purebred horses is really fantastic. These refined, selective breeding programs are producing better reining horse stock, horses with stronger bodies, more balanced conformation and greater athleticism coupled with good minds and quiet dispositions.”
Tim Anderson, new chair of the ARHA Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity and Marshall Kyle of Kyle Tack.
New Chair Of The Arabian/Half-Arabian Futurity Sees Opportunities Ahead
Tim Anderson of Amani Reiners in Milbank, SD, is the new chair of the ARHA Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity. Anderson is enthusiastic about the future of the futurity. “Support may not come just from donations,” he explains. “We have a lot of confidence in the popularity and growing potential of reining. The futurity will continue to be a driving force in supporting reining. And as we look back over the accomplishments of the past decade, I see the future as equally bright.”
Finals Weekend Produced Big Winners And Great Competition
Big money was once again up for grabs with the Futurity Reining Classic pushing well beyond 1.3 million dollars awarded since 2005. These financial incentives are increasingly visible in the ring as reining Arabian and Half-Arabian horses perform at consistently higher levels. On Friday night, the purebreds vied for a total purse of $46,000 with payouts through the top ten. Breeding programs developing reining Arabians are making a
Volume 44, No. 10 | 161
Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Reining Futurity SH Imvaguelysurprised with Craig Schmersal for owner Timothy Anderson.
big difference in the ring with beautiful horses showing at very high performance levels. All Maxed Out RA, owned by Cotton McNutt of Baytown, Tex., and ridden to the championship by Andrea Fappani, came away with $16,000. Reserve champion honors and $8,500 went to Crystal McNutt riding AM Star Of The Sea for the late Bazy Tankersley of Tucson, Ariz. Third and fourth place tied with a payout of $4,000 each to Aaron Doss on Scarlets Revolver owned by Zollie Saxon, Muskogee, Okla. and Tyson Randle riding Mr. Universe for Bryan Nelson of Houston, Tex. EAF Hesa Wizard ridden by Ken Eppers for Tim Williams, Burlington, Kan., placed fifth with winnings of $3,000. Vallejo Beautifulmoon, ridden by Crystal McNutt for owners Vallejo III Ranch, Afton, Okla., claimed $2,750 in sixth place. Anita Dublin on AM Mighty Titus owned by Mary Brownlee, Billings, Mont. won $2,500 as seventh place. Good N Plennty ridden and owned by Dusty Morgan, Dulce, Calif., placed eighth with $2,000. Cadillac Khowboy ridden by Jessica Bein and owned with her husband David Bein, of Scottsdale won $1,750 in the ninth spot. And closing out the top ten at $1,500 was Shiraze JT ridden by Jason Hershberger for owner John Toolson Jr, of Jerome, ID.
162 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Saturday eveningâ€™s Half-Arabian Reining Futurity Championship saw serious competitive action amongst the top ten for a total purse of $74,000. The $30,000 championship went to Crystal McNutt on Were Dun Johnny owned by Susan, Allyson and Bradley Friedman of Scottsdale. Reserve champion honors and $11,000 went to SH Imvaguelysurprised, ridden by Craig Schmersal for Timothy Anderson, Milbank, SD. Andrea Fappani claimed third and $8,000 on PAF Hitman for Auriel Overall, Tucson, Ariz. Fourth place went to BJ Spooks Lil Gunner, ridden by Tyson Randle for Michelle Deoroche, Argyle, Tex. with $5,500.00. Fifth and sixth placed tied for a payout of $4,600 each for Colby Dustin Powell on Whata Doc Bar TR for owners, Silver Aspen Ranch, Aubrn, Wash., and to Tyson Randle ridding Hollywood Firecracker for SA Grove of Wessington Springs, SD. Brian Welman riding Dun It My Way RA claimed seventh place for Richard Ames of Cedar Ridge Arabians, Jordon, Minn. Ames also shared a split on eight and ninth place with Brian Welman riding Dun With Style RA for $2,550 and Tyson Randle on Easy Dun It for Bryan and Cheryl Nelson, of Houston, Tex. Crystal McNutt on Ben There Dun That RA, owned by Larry Lease, Clements, Calif., took the tenth spot with $1,500.
Scottsdale Four years ago Tim Anderson of Amani Reiners in Milbank, SD, recognized that reining horses needed an opportunity to earn prize money after the futurity years. He made a four-year $20,000 annual funding commitment to the Half-Arabian Non-Pro Derby for six, seven and eight year old reiners. Anderson’s vision is producing significant results with 19 entries in the class won by Rod Powell for Silver Aspen Ranch on Whoa Damit winning $6,800, plus $2,000 in Prime Time. Katie Harvey of KGB Texas Marketing riding Smoking Gun claimed reserve champion and $5,400. Third place went to Cori Vokoun of Buckshot Farms riding BSF Marshall Dillon and claiming $4,000. SH Cool Dude ridden and owned by Diane Comeau placed fourth with $2,000. Joe Betten riding Custom Gale claimed fifth place with $1,800 but also won $1,500 in Prime Time and $1,700 in Intermediate. Cori Vokoun of Buckshot Farms riding Sonatinas Sunset won Arabian Non-Pro and $3,375. Nicole Kent on Hazel de Boise went reserve champion winning $2,625.00.
Sponsors And Competitors Like This Show
Phyllis LaMalfa, executive director of the ARHA, sites sponsor loyalty as evidence of the success of the Futurity Reining Classic. “Wells Fargo Advisors returned as our arena sponsor, Markel Insurance Company sponsored our Draw Party with a seminar conducted by famed trainer Andrea Fappani. Kyle Tack returned for an eighth year, Bingham Equipment Company continued as our tractor sponsor and SmartPax returned as an event sponsor. Silver Spurs Equine, LLC returned for a second year, this time to introduce their newly acquired champion Arabian stallion, What It Takes, along with showcasing their American Quarter Horse stallions. This show is successful because these sponsors believe in it and we appreciate each one of them.”
lot of interest from the Arabian horse community. It is an exciting, action oriented competition mixing fun and great sportsmanship, making an ideal sponsorship opportunity for Markel,” comments Kimberly Douglas, Markel’s Manager of Arabian Horse Practice. Kim Niven of Armani Reiners, said, “There are so many great “back stories” here. Like Non-Pro Derby Rookie Champion Paul David. He has a very ill young child so he is unable to ride often, but he has dozens of fellow competitors and everyone from Crystal McNutt Performance Horses where he trains cheering for him on the rail.” A combination of numerous intangibles is required for a great show atmosphere. There is the camaraderie born of people who share the love of good horses and a friendly atmosphere of people looking out for each other, ready to lend a hand or a halter, whatever might be necessary. There is all the laughter and good-natured humor that accompanies reining. The Scottsdale show is a special experience because of all the people who enjoy each other’s company as much as great horses—and it is only getting better and better—for 2015 and beyond. ■
While Markel Insurance has a long time presence in the horse community, particularly in the Arabian industry, they continue to educate the horse community through sponsoring educational seminars open to the public. This year Markel sponsored “Preparing Your Horse to Show,” which featured Andrea Fappani and Arabian champion stallion, What It Takes, owned by Silver Spurs Equine. “The company strives to build long term relationships in the market and Arabian reining horses are attracting a
Tim Anderson and Kim Niven of Amani Reiners and sponsors of the Half-Arabian Non-Pro Derby.
Scottsdale coverage continued on page 166 Volume 44, No. 10 | 163
Scottsdale coverage continued from page 163
Arabian Reining Futurity Classic at Scottsdale Champion ALL MAXED OUT RA (HH Maxemus x Marliera), ridden by Andrea Fappani for owner Cotton McNutt.
Arabian Reining Horse Bitted Champion IM THE REAL DEAL (MHR Muscateal x Kheyarraberribeyv), ridden by Crystal McNutt for owner Audrey Zinke.
Arabian Reining Junior Horse Hackamore/Snaffle Bit Champion VALLEJO BEAUTIFULMOON (Rohara Moon Storm x Vallejo Buckle Up), ridden by Crystal McNutt for owner Vallejo III Ranch LLC.
Arabian Reining Horse AAOTR 45 & Over Champion MY MAJEC MOMENT (D A Napitov x Majestic Ancestry), ridden by Rod Powell for owner Silver Aspen Ranch.
Arabian Reining Horse AAOTR 19-44 Champion LD TSUNAMI (OH Kornerstone x In Bens Image), ridden by Katie Harvey, owner of KGB Texas Marketing/ Public Relations, Inc.
Arabian Reining Horse Limit Rider AATR Champion P A RAPTOR (Eternety x PA Ratene), ridden by Sarah Sussman for owner Samantha Price.
166 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Arabian Reining Horse JTR 15-18 Champion TAKE A SPIN (What It Takes x Minding Ps And Qs), ridden by owner Amara Spizzirri.
Arabian Western Trail Horse Junior Horse Champion ERIK THE BLACK (GFI Cheyenne x California Danser), ridden by Jeffrey Wilms for owner Gayle Bouskos.
Arabian Western Trail Horse AOTR and ATR Champion AGRACIE GIRL V (Sundance Kid V x Amazing Grace V), ridden by Nan Walden, owner of Rancho Sonado LLC. Also Arabian Western Trail Horse Champion with Courtney Spicer up.
Arabian Reined Cow Horse Champion MOMENT IN TIME L (TC Mirage x KC Summer), ridden by Mike McDaniel for owner Pamela Lauriton.
Arabian Working Cow Horse ATR Champion AMERIKAN EAGLE (R Classic Touch x State Of Liberty), ridden by Megan Sitzman and Working Cow Horse Bitted Champion with Eddie Ralston for owner Gary Howard.
Arabian Cutting Open and Non-Pro Champion HF ZINSON DELRAY (Dreams Ferrari x Zynfandelle), ridden by Dan Manning (Open) and owner William Dudley (Non-Pro). Volume 44, No. 10 | 167
Scottsdale HA/AA Supreme Classic Champion THE BIG BOPPER ORA (Vitorio TO x She Be Adiva KBS), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner Oak Ridge Arabians.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Senior Mare Champion BENI TG (DA Valentino x Rohara Mademoiselle), shown by Alcides Rodrigues for owner R. Todd Weegens.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Junior Filly Champion BPA VENUS (SF Veraz x BPA Daisy Dukes), shown by Jeff Schall for owner Patti Scheier.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Mare AAOTH Champion BENI TG (DA Valentino x Rohara Mademoiselle), shown by Glena Weegens for owner R. Todd Weegens.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Filly/Mare JTH Champion SHES STILL JAMMIN (Monogramm JD x She Be Adiva KBS), shown by Teana Long for owner Allyson Nelson.
168 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Senior Gelding Champion VSH DOMINIC (Majesteit x O Katie), shown Rob Bick for owner Texie Lowery.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Junior Gelding Champion THE BIG BOPPER ORA (Vitorio TO x She Be Adiva KBS), shown by Dagmar Gordiano for owner Oak Ridge Arabians.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Gelding AAOTH Champion VSH DOMINIC (Majesteit x O Katie), shown by owner Texie Lowery.
Scottsdale HA/AA Classic Gelding JTH Champion THE BIG BOPPER ORA (Vitorio TO x She Be Adiva KBS), shown by Colton Jacobs for owner Oak Ridge Arabians.
HA/AA Western Pleasure Champion STLA C IM FONDAU (C Our Zeus x Dr Fonda Color), ridden by Ron Copple for owner Diane Franklin.
HA/AA Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion KHARTWRIGHT J (Khadraj NA x Crystal Blue Persuasion), ridden by Josh Quintus for owner Timberidge Family LLP.
Volume 44, No. 10 | 169
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAOTR 55 & Over Champion CALL ME AWESOME (NW Awesome x Miss Rippin Rascal), ridden by Dennis Clark for owner Linda Clark.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAOTR 36-54 Champion CALIENTE VIRTUOSO (C A Hermoso x Crystal Blue Persuasion), ridden by owner Robin Porter.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AAOTR 19-35 Champion DIONEA PA (Enzo x Donatella Versace), ridden by Gena Rodgers for owner Cynthia Rodgers.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AATR 40 & Over Champion CALL ME AWESOME (NW Awesome x Miss Rippin Rascal), ridden by Dennis Clark for owner Linda Clark.
HA/AA Western Pleasure AATR 19-39 Champion CRUZIN WITH PATCHEZ (Majeztic Fame x Mishawa Pow Wow), ridden by Amanda Fraser for owners Mark and Debbie Schmuker.
HA/AA Western Pleasure Select Rider AATR Champion SKY HIGH QUEST (Quest MF x Take Me Higher), ridden by Dr. William Bergfeld for owner Lynn Simpson.
170 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
HA/AA Western Pleasure JOTR 18 & Under Champion CALIENTE VIRTUOSO (C A Hermoso x Crystal Blue Persuasion), ridden by Sarah Porter for owner Robin Porter.
HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR 15-18 Champion CAPT JACK SPARROW PGA (Starof Fame V x Peppys Dainty Queen), ridden by Holland Stevens for owner Remington Monroe Equine LLC.
“We had a lot of wonderful moments. Our horses and our breeding program were well represented in multiple arenas. Perhaps the highlight was Khartright J winning the HalfArabian junior western horse division. He is a horse we bred and sold to Jim and Rhonda White and
HA/AA Western Pleasure JTR 14 & Under Champion CALIENTE VIRTUOSO (C A Hermoso x Crystal Blue Persuasion), ridden by Sarah Porter for owner Robin Porter.
was shown by Josh Quintus. It is just as rewarding to me to have someone win with a horse we bred and sold as to win with one we own. The weather, the horses, and the people make it a great winter getaway.” —LARRY JEROME HA/AA Western Pleasure Walk/Trot 10 & Under Champion SPIRYT (Europejczyk x Sweet Painted Lady), ridden by Halle Potts for owner The Brass Ring, Inc. Volume 44, No. 10 | 171
HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle Western Champion ALADA GOLD (Alada Baskin x Moonlight An Ice), ridden by Cari Thompson for owner Jennifer Hardy.
HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle Western AATR Champion KHARHARTT PGA (Khadraj NA x Peppys Dainty Queen), ridden by owner Pat Ronyak.
HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle JTR 18 & Under Champion CAPT JACK SPARROW PGA (Starof Fame V x Peppys Dainty Queen), ridden by Holland Stevens for owner Remington Monroe Equine LLC.
HA/AA English Pleasure Champion LADY AVA ISABELA (Baske Afire x Captivating Style), ridden by Jonathan Ramsay for owner Helen Lacey Reed.
HA/AA English Pleasure Junior Horse Champion NUTTIN BUT A GOODTIME (Undulataâ€™s Nutcracker x Tempted By Fait), ridden by Joanne Chavez for owner Shawna McCune.
HA/AA English Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over Champion TOI SENSATION CRF (Matoi x Alpha Phi), ridden by Katie Harvey, owner of KGB Texas Marketing/Public Relations, Inc.
172 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
HA/AA English Pleasure AAOTR 19-39 Champion HOT AIR (Baske Afire x Rita), ridden by Sydney Dazzo for owner Dazzo Arabians LLC.
HA/AA English Pleasure AATR Champion SF NITRO SHOC (SF Specs Shocwave x Doubletrees Lady Of Intrigue), ridden by Sydney Dazzo for owner Dazzo Arabians LLC.
HA/AA English Pleasure JOTR 18 & Under Champion APOLLOS CARY GRANT (AA Apollo Bey x Callaways Annie Laurie), ridden by Holland Stevens for owner Remington Monroe Equine LLC.
HA/AA English Pleasure JTR 18 & Under Champion NUTCRACKER SWEET PF (Undulataâ€™s Nutcracker x Ames Deja Vu), ridden by Juliette Dell for owner 6D Ranch Ltd.
Scottsdale coverage continued on page 184 Volume 44, No. 10 | 173